Peregrine Farm News Vol. 16 #22, 6/26/19

What’s been going on!

The last week and the last markets for our 2019 season.  It feels odd and unknown in good ways and not at all conflicted.  Betsy and I have not had a summer off since we were 15, nearly 50 years!  That is the unknown part for sure, how will it feel to not have a daily responsibility when it is warm outside?  I am sure we will get used to it.

Now make no mistake we are excellent planners but primarily in the macro and medium scales, we learned long ago that the micro, day to day plans were strictly theory because on a farm, mother nature really dictates how each day will unfold and each week will flow.  As my mother liked to say “life is so daily”.  So we have lived our life each day knowing that “field corrections” would occur, Betsy would say we are good at triage.

We already have plenty on the calendar for the next seven months until we are back at market, the macro plan.  July will first be filled with dealing with the last of the crops, tomatoes and cucumbers to the restaurants, taking it all down and seeding the last of the summer cover crops.  I will also finally start on the long awaited screen porch project.

Late August and early September we will be off on a long trip west to Utah, Idaho, Montana and Wyoming.  Back in time to get the beds and soil prepared for next season and seeded to the winter cover crops and to enjoy the brilliant fall weather before we head off to Mexico on a family trip the end of October.

November and December we will slowly start up the next growing season with planting the anemones and ranunculus and the first rounds of vegetables in the sliding tunnels, while the greenhouse starts to fill with transplants.  January sees weekly planting and tending of the winter crops and then we will be back to market in early February.  In between there will be short trips and other diversions.

We will not be strangers as you will see us from time to time at Market including next week at Tomato Day, in the aisles at Weaver Street Market, at a table at Pizzeria Mercato or other places around town and we will send out a newsletter once a month or so to bring you up to date on what we are doing.  We thank you for your support and encouragement as we head into this new strange world.

Picture of the Week P1050076Still a lot of Sungolds out there but at the very tops of the plants

What’s going to be at Market?

Great Tomatoes this week, we will bring all that we can muster!  A good supply of red Big Beefs, yellow Orange Blossoms and Sungolds with a smaller quantity of Cherokee Purples, Green Cherokees and Italian Oxhearts.  More Basil including Opal Basil and Lemon Basil and lots of Cucumbers too!

Red and Green Little Gem this week, may be limited but we will have a good amount of Summer Crisp Lettuce.  Our favorite hot weather green Callaloo!  We call it Jamaican spinach, a quick saute with a little onion and garlic and you will have a great summer side dish.

As a reminder if there is anything that you would like for us to hold for you at market just let us know by e-mail, by the evening before, and we will be glad to put it aside for you.  Just so you know, sometimes not everything listed will be at the Wednesday market.

Hope to see you all at the market!

Alex and Betsy

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One thought on “Peregrine Farm News Vol. 16 #22, 6/26/19

  1. Congratulations!! Wonderful travels planned, you so deserve it. Sure wish I had some homegrown veggies about now, Oh for some sungolds! Only a few spring veggies at farmers market here in Alaska, but so unseasonably hot, and not prepared for it, that everything is wilted. With all the evidence of climate change everywhere, it’s a wonder anyone can grow anything. Greetings from AK, Lynn

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